My husband is not a real touchy-feely, let’s-talk-about-it kind of guy. Rather, I’ve come to learn that he’s a man of few words. But, early in the process of dating him, I didn’t know this and, I think, he was working hard not to expose his secret identity too soon since I’m both touchy-feely and loquacious. So, when I asked him to tell me something key about him that I would not otherwise find out easily or quickly, I’m sure he cringed inside. But without hesitation he said, “I’m Spiderman!”
GREAT answer! (LOL) That might have been the moment I knew he was THE ONE. After all, it’s not everyday a girl gets to kiss Spiderman — upside down or otherwise (Have you seen the movie?) — or to snag a guy with a great sense of humor in her web!
I’ve never forgotten his response nor let him live it down. And I’ve told my children that story more than a few times. Of course, like me, the Old Soul thinks it’s hysterical that her Daddy is so witty… if not really Spiderman. But, we’d never gotten any reaction from The Boys, although they know and love Spiderman ALMOST as much they love their Daddy.
As you may have heard, The Boys recently started their at-home PROMPT language therapy services awarded at their last CPSE meeting. Though this method is predominantly touted for children with apraxia, it can work wonders on children who have oral-motor processing delays and low oral muscle tone. That pretty much describes us… and many kids with Down syndrome… and some without too! Well, with just two sessions under their little belts, — by all counts, in school and at home — their language and articulation began to explode. Some of this, I’m sure, is just The Boys remembering skills they’d previously acquired. In their past Early Intervention life they’d consistently received PROMPT but had forgotten much during their hiatus (their preschool doesn’t offer it which is why we fought for home services). Some of the explosion can also be attributed to the application of their newly recalled skills to their newly acquired vocabularies. And, apparently, some is the application of their new language skills to the existing thoughts they were previously unable to express. Very cool!
So when Daddy came home from work the other day to the usual fanfare, to stimulate language — as I am ALWAYS doing with them — I asked my Big Little Man what Daddy does at work. And he answered with great pride and conviction:
“Daddeee ith Piderman!”
AMAZING and pretty close to the truth. He does spend his time catching thieves just like flies.